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Park District Announces 2016 PrairieFest Bands

Feb 03, 2016 06:30PM ● By Steven Jack

Grammy nominated California rockers Smash Mouth will headline this year's Oswego PrairieFest.

PrairieFest-goers will be "Walkin' on the Sun" with this year's Saturday night headlining band. 

The Oswegoland Park District, which every year organizes the area's largest festival, announced Wednesday night that California's Smash Mouth will take the mainstage on Saturday night to entertain the crowd with hits like “I’m a Believer," “Why Can’t We Be Friends, and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby."

Founded in 1994, the band has released seven studio albums, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their hit "All Star."

Friday night's headlining act also has found international success. The Marshall Tucker band are considered among the founding fathers of Southern Rock with hits like “Can’t You See”, “Heard It In A Love Song," and “Fire on the Mountain”

Along with the headliners, the Park District also announced its full lineup of musical entertainment for this year’s festival, which is set for June 16-19.

Thursday, June 16

PrairieWinds Community Band Concert Oswego's community band will open the festival in traditional style. 

Lucky Boys Confusion Lucky Boys Confusion albums throughout the 2000s found a great fan base in their hometown of Chicago They will play their unique blen of rock, punk, ska, and hip hop.

Friday, June 17

Animal Farm Band Chicago musician-educators bring a new kind of music to children and families throughout the city. They bring their animal characters sharing stories of community, resolution, and self-expression to the PrairieFest Family Concert at 11 a.m. Friday.

Ethan Bell Band The Ethan Bell Band will travel just a little bit east from their hometown of Yorkville. 

The Marshall Tucker Band Rocking Country comes to the festival on Friday with The Marshall Tucker Band and original vocalist Doug Gray.

Saturday, June 18

Dick Diamond and the Dusters Saturday night kicks off with a band ready to rile up the crowd. From “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” to “Bad Romance” Dick Diamond will bring a full set of fun for the festival.

Smash Mouth The California band with the happy sound has been entertaining crowds for the past 20 years. 

In addition to this year's bands, PrarieFest also will include free Lumberjack Shows on Friday and Saturday. The act will include two shows a day as well as two weekend interactive lumberjack camps, featuring chainsaw carving, log rolling, axe throwing, boom runs, and power sawing. 

To get all the latest PrairieFest updates, make sure to follow the event's Facebook page.